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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2392   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Duchesee de Bourgogne is the traditional top fermented reddish-brown ale from the West-Flanders region of Belgium. This refined ale also known as "The Burgundies of Belgium" is a blend of 8 and 18 months old ales following careful maturation in oak casks. 100% natural and unpasteurized.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2006 Bottled 330 ml. Reddish brown color. Sour Acetic acid aroma. Full bodied with sweet sour taste. So much more balanced than Zoetzuur or Le woody. An excellent beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Dark red color with no head. Cherry aroma. Very bitter cherry in the taste with a slight malt background. Certainly reminicient of a Kriek, but not nearly as tasty; the bitter throws it off.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2004
My wife loves this one but itīs not my style of beer. Dark red-brown color and a sour aroma with a jint of cherry. the taste is also light sour and with some cherry in there. Medium body and a long sour finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Mahogany color, sweet-sour, malty cherry woody nose. Seems to evaporate off of the tongue rather quickly leaving behind a semi sweet cherry flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3357) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Aroma is sour, barnyardy with hints of mashed corn gasses and a touch of chocolate malts in the nose. Pours a mostly transparent wine-color mahogany ruby with a delicate light tan head. Wow, very sour to start. Finish mellows out into corn meal flavors that are malty and quite sweet. Slight roasted malts as well. Tart to start, but a decent amount of sweet berries in the finish to balance the tartness. Nice stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Brown Coloring with Frothy Head. Cherry Aroma and Cherry Kriek Beer Flavor.. Sweet With a Mild Tang to It. Lightly Dry at the End. I Donít Know What Else to Say but, Interesting!!

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
RichardGretton (4296) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2004
Black beer with little head retention. The aroma is sweet/sour and kriek like, and the flavour is thick and syrupy with a sweet/sour and kriek feel. Overall a very disappointing beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2004
Pours a deep mahogany colour with a tan coloured head. Aromas of red wine vinagar, cherries, wood and a slightly musty smell mingled with a few spices. The taste is to use a Will Farrell term " scrumtrulescent" sour vinagar, wood, cherreis, sweet maltiness and medium carbonation, and some spices. This is a good beer!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Served at room temp- which was too warm. Im pretty sure this was aged on red wine oak barrels so some of that flavor and aroma came through, although there was a slight vinegar taste in the background. Tasted too hot and sweet with a wierd acidic and harsh profile. Very complex but not the kind of beer for me.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - NOV 2, 2004
Popped the top of this beautiful bottle and first smell was chardonnay and balsamic vinegar. Once in my snifter, pours a very consistent ruby-brown with a fluffy head of cardboard colored bubbles. Parts of the head hang around forever and it leaves moderate lacing. Smells sour and tart, sour grapes and cherries, and the previously mentioned wine and vinegar, with a bit of spiciness. Taste is tremendous: sweet and sour. This is the sweetest Flemish sour Iíve ever had and itís a great thing, considering a lot of beers this style do taste a lot like vinegar. There is a remarkable, mouth-watering contrast of sweet fruit and tart cherries that makes me want to drink and drink and drink and drink this beer. I just swish it around over my tongue, over and over, until its time for another swig. When the big flavors back off, raisins, brown sugar and plum are left over. My only wish is that there is more of a malt backbone in the finish. Otherwise, this is a damn good beer I recommend to anyone trying to get into this style. Get my man Haddon90 one of these.


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